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Trend Micro v. Barracuda, Fortinet (2008, USA)

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In January 2008, it became public knowledge that Trend Micro were suing Barracuda for distribution of Clam Antivirus - a free software anti-virus package - in relation to Trend's patent US5,623,600.

This raised questions of software patents harming computer security.


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Newest first:

[edit] Previous victims

Trend Micro has previously used this patent against others in the field.[3] Companies paying licence fees include Symantec, McAfee, Fortinet, and Panda.[4]

[edit] Boycott Trend Micro

In response, a boycott was launched against Trend Micro.[5] This boycott was supported by FSF[6] and brought press attention so the issue.[7][8][9]

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  1. http://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2007/er1221ee4.htm
  2. http://www.barracudanetworks.com/ns/news_and_events/index.php?nid=216
  3. http://taint.org/2008/01/29/215108a.html
  4. http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/driving-stake-blood-sucking-software-patent
  5. http://www.scriptumlibre.org/Boycott Trend Micro
  6. http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/boycottTrendMicro.html
  7. http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/804/1028804/trend-micro-boycotted-clamav
  8. http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/11/2011258
  9. http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/126851

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